Paramilitary groups close churches in northern Colombia

The organization The Voice of the Martyrs disclosed that paramilitary groups closed about sixty churches in the North of Colombia, specifically in Antioquia, Bolívar, Chocó and Córdova. According to reports by field researchers from that organization, churches and pastors’ homes were marked with the initials of the paramilitary group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC); They

Honduran Christian Church denounces obstacles in the distribution of donations

The Agape Christian Church recently denounced that the managers of the shelter installed in the Vicente Cáceres Central Institute, did not allow them to distribute donations directly to the victims of Hurricane Eta, on the contrary, they demanded that the institution be in charge of distribution. The delivery of aid to authorities of various institutions

Religious services shut down or interrupted in Cuba

In October 2020, Religious Freedom for Cuba reported that the Jehovah Shalom Church in East Holguin has been shut down. According to the organization the pastors Uberney Aguilar and Yalina Proenza have received threats from the Government and Communist Party officials at least 6 times. The threats demanded them to stop their work for the

The limitations on religious activities in Cuba and Nicaragua and its impact on human development

OLIRE had the pleasure to be part of the Online Conference on Human Development organized by the Unequal World Research Center, IPSEC, and UN Liaison Office for IRLA and SDA. Within the framework of the conference theme Human Development in the context of Current Global Challenges, OLIRE presented the theme “The limitations on religious activities

Teachers training in Manizales

As part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Public Policy on Religious Freedom and Cults in Manizales – Colombia, the Quality Unit of the Ministry of Education, with the support of the office implementing the policy and the Secretariat of Municipal Government, invited OLIRE to train more than 300 teachers in the municipality on issues

The International Religious Freedom Alliance initiative

Daniel Stefano Salazar, OLIRE intern, comments on this recent initiative: “In February, the United States launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance (IRF Alliance). The goal is the promotion of freedom of worship and religion around the world. The commitment of this group is to observe and provide support to different countries that put in danger

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